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Princess Diana’s biographer suggests Charles could let William become King

Princess Diana’s biographer has suggested that Prince Charles could step aside and allow Prince William to become King, when the time comes to establish a new monarch.

Currently, as the Queen’s eldest son, the Prince of Wales is the first heir to the throne, with William second in line.

However, Stewart Pierce, who was a voice coach to the former Princess of Wales and penned the biography ‘Diana the Voice of Change’, has suggested that this line of succession could be tweaked.

Speaking on the Royally Us podcast, he said: “It’s going to be very interesting to see, will Prince Charles sit on the throne, or will he create some form of shift in constitutional law to allow his son to sit in the throne?

“At the moment obviously the right of ascendancy is that Charles will sit in the throne. But I don’t necessarily see Queen Camilla.”

Stewart clarified that a change in constitutional law would be required for the ascendancy to bypass the Prince of Wales.

However, he pointed out that there is precedent for these customs to have been changed before.

He continued: “Constitutional law could be revoked and changed, because we are living in extraordinary times.

“If we go back, for example, on reflection to the substance of divorce, that Princess Margaret could not marry a divorced man. But today, Prince Harry has just married a divorced lady.”

Princess Margaret, the Queen's only sibling, wanted to marry divorcee Peter Townsend in 1953, but the Church of England refused to allow a royal in her position to marry a divorced man.

However, before joining the Royal Family in May 2018, Meghan Markle had been married to American actor and producer Trevor Engelson. The pair divorced in 2013.

Whoever succeeds Queen Elizabeth II will be taking the reign from the United Kingdom's longest-serving monarch, with next year marking her 70th year on the throne.

An extended bank holiday from June 2 to June 5 is being planned for the summer of 2022 to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

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